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PremierLeague-News.Com - The right-back doesn't care how it happens, he just wants a win in tomorrow's cup final.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Livingston have made it a perfect seven wins from seven games in the Betfred Cup this season. Right-back Nicky Devlin doesn’t care if victory number eight is great — just as long as it happens. The 27-year-old has no interest in how good the performance is at Hampden. He just wants to win. Sunday will be the first cup final of the defender’s career that has seen him pitch up at Motherwell, Dumbarton, Stenhousemuir, Ayr United and Walsall prior to putting pen to paper with the Lions before the start of the 2019/20 campaign. That will go to the back of his mind, though, as he hopes to get a winner’s medal round his neck come Sunday evening. He said: “The result obviously matters much more than the performance on Sunday. It doesn’t matter how you get there, how long it takes, who scores, anything like that. The end result is all that matters. “We’ve played seven games in this competition so far and won every game and we want that to continue and do the same again in the final. “It’s my first cup final and I’m looking forward to the challenge. It’s a great occasion for the club but you put that to one side and focus on the football. “For me, I’m looking at it more as an opportunity to win a trophy rather than the occasion of it being a cup final.” The two clubs know each other well and Devlin is full of praise for Callum Davidson’s side, suggesting they would have been challenging for a top six berth if not for a slow start to the campaign in front of goal. There’s no chance he’ll be taking the Saints lightly but he knows Livi at their best are more than capable of lifting the trophy. He commented: “We’ve played them three times and we’ve played each other fairly recently as well. “I think we know all about them and they’ll know all about us. We’re under no illusions as to the task and we know how difficult a game it’s going to be against them. Read More Related Articles Livingston defender Jon Guthrie relishing the chance to experience 'good' pressure of Betfred Cup final “All three games have been very evenly matched and there’s little between the sides. They’re going to be very hard to beat. “They seem to have added goals to their game of late which maybe they weren’t doing at the start of the season. That’s possibly why they’re sitting outside the top six just now because of points dropped at the start of the season.
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. “It will be difficult but we just have to perform on the day.”
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He added: “We go into the game with confidence. We’ve beaten them twice this season. “It will be a completely different game obviously on Sunday but it shows us that we can beat them. “We know on our day that we are a match for any side in the league.
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“We’ve got to prepare ourselves to be the best that we can be, and get ready to face the best St Johnstone can be. We can’t look at it any other way and hope they have an off-day. “We need to go into the game with that mentality and hopefully if we’re at our best, it will be good enough.” It will, of course, be an empty national stadium on Sunday with the pandemic denying Livi fans, and players’ families, a day out. The celebrations, no doubt, will last long into the night even if fans are stuck in their front room watching the drama unfold. He added: “It’s a shame obviously that the fans can’t be there because it would have been a great day out for everyone to see their side playing in a cup final at Hampden.
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“My missus has asked me a few times about if I’ve heard anything about maybe being able to get a couple of tickets for family because it’s an occasion for them as well as the fans. “That’s something above football and it’s not our decision to make but it is a shame that people are missing out. “It will be a different experience for the fans. They’ll all just have to watch it in the house whereas I’d imagine most of them would have been at the last final. “Hopefully we can give them the same end result.” Don't miss the latest news from the West Lothian Courier. Sign up to our free newsletter here https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/newsletter-preference-centre/
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